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Technology—at least in theory—is improving our productivity, efficiency, and communication. The one thing it’s not doing is making us happier. We are experiencing historically high levels of depression and dissatisfaction. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Technology can drive—not diminish—human happiness. Our brains receive 11 million bits of information every second but Technology—at least in theory—is improving our productivity, efficiency, and communication. The one thing it’s not doing is making us happier. We are experiencing historically high levels of depression and dissatisfaction. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Technology can drive—not diminish—human happiness. Our brains receive 11 million bits of information every second but can only process 40 bits at any given time. Thanks to the latest technology, you have a say in what information you consume. We now have the tools to train our brains to scan the world for the positive, trumping our genes and our environment to reach our full potential. Knowing that technology is here to stay and will continue to evolve in form and function, we need to know how to navigate the future to achieve a better balance between technology, productivity, and wellbeing. In The Future of Happiness, author Amy Blankson, co-founder of the global positive psychology consulting firm GoodThink, unveils five strategies that successful individuals can use to not just survive—but to actually thrive—in the Digital Age: Stay grounded to focus and channel your energy with intention Know thyself through app-driven data to strive toward your potential Train your brain to develop and sustain an optimistic mindset Create a habitat for happiness to maximize the spaces and places in which you live, work, and learn Be a conscious innovator to actively shape your future By rethinking when, where, why and how you use technology, you will not only able to influence your own wellbeing but also help shape the future of your community. Discover how futuristic technologies can transform the idea of “I’ll be happy when . . .” to your way of being now.


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Technology—at least in theory—is improving our productivity, efficiency, and communication. The one thing it’s not doing is making us happier. We are experiencing historically high levels of depression and dissatisfaction. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Technology can drive—not diminish—human happiness. Our brains receive 11 million bits of information every second but Technology—at least in theory—is improving our productivity, efficiency, and communication. The one thing it’s not doing is making us happier. We are experiencing historically high levels of depression and dissatisfaction. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Technology can drive—not diminish—human happiness. Our brains receive 11 million bits of information every second but can only process 40 bits at any given time. Thanks to the latest technology, you have a say in what information you consume. We now have the tools to train our brains to scan the world for the positive, trumping our genes and our environment to reach our full potential. Knowing that technology is here to stay and will continue to evolve in form and function, we need to know how to navigate the future to achieve a better balance between technology, productivity, and wellbeing. In The Future of Happiness, author Amy Blankson, co-founder of the global positive psychology consulting firm GoodThink, unveils five strategies that successful individuals can use to not just survive—but to actually thrive—in the Digital Age: Stay grounded to focus and channel your energy with intention Know thyself through app-driven data to strive toward your potential Train your brain to develop and sustain an optimistic mindset Create a habitat for happiness to maximize the spaces and places in which you live, work, and learn Be a conscious innovator to actively shape your future By rethinking when, where, why and how you use technology, you will not only able to influence your own wellbeing but also help shape the future of your community. Discover how futuristic technologies can transform the idea of “I’ll be happy when . . .” to your way of being now.

30 review for The Future of Happiness: 5 Modern Strategies for Balancing Productivity and Well-Being in the Digital Era

  1. 5 out of 5

    مُهنا

    طرح المعلومات عن اثر التكنولوجيا في حياتنا اليومية وشرح كيف في كثير من الاحيان هذه الاجهزة الصغيرة اللي في يديننا تتحكم فينا لما نحن نعتقد انه نحن نتحكم فيها كان ممتع. نصايح مفيدة كيف ممكن نقلل من استخدامنا لهذه الاجهزة او حتى نتحكم فيها بدل ما هي تتحكم فينا.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Andreea Chiuaru

    Mi-a plăcut abordarea, deși recunosc că e puțin cam lunga pentru ce are de transmis. Revin cu un articol pe www.blogdeidei.ro Mi-a plăcut abordarea, deși recunosc că e puțin cam lunga pentru ce are de transmis. Revin cu un articol pe www.blogdeidei.ro

  3. 5 out of 5

    Christoph

    Happiness, ein Begriff der unsere moderne Gesellschaft nicht mehr losläßt. Hand in Hand geht dieses Wort mit Work-Life-Balance, Lebenslanges Lernen, Auswirkungen der digitalen Entwicklungen und verschiedensten Wirtschaftsmodellen und sozialem Wohlastand. Wie einst auch Stefan Sagmeister damals im Zuge seines selbstexperiments (und dem Abfallprodukten auf dem Weg, welche die Grundlage für die Ausstellungen geboten haben) ist auch hier die Autorin auf der Suche nach möglichen Antworten, speziell i Happiness, ein Begriff der unsere moderne Gesellschaft nicht mehr losläßt. Hand in Hand geht dieses Wort mit Work-Life-Balance, Lebenslanges Lernen, Auswirkungen der digitalen Entwicklungen und verschiedensten Wirtschaftsmodellen und sozialem Wohlastand. Wie einst auch Stefan Sagmeister damals im Zuge seines selbstexperiments (und dem Abfallprodukten auf dem Weg, welche die Grundlage für die Ausstellungen geboten haben) ist auch hier die Autorin auf der Suche nach möglichen Antworten, speziell im digitalen Sektor. Warum? Weil uns diese Entwicklungen seit Jahrzehnten begleiten und die Welt verändern, die Arfbeitswelt im speziellen (und in Wahrheit schon länger), der private sowie auch kommerzielle Sektor im Vergleich dazu kürzer, aber wesentlich lauter. Vor allem die Stimmen, welche hier mehr Gefahren wittern als Chancen. Dieses Buch widmet sich den Chancen, ohne aber den warnenden Stimmen respektlos gegenüber zu treten. Im Gegenteil sogar, hier wird zu einem Diskurs auf hohem Niveau eingeladen. Gleich zu Beginn werden etwaige negative Auswirkungen, Erkenntnisse aus unterschiedlichsten Studien offenbahrt und angeführt - einfach mal geparkt. Aufbauend darauf bewegt sich das Buch mit klar differenzierbaren Kapiteln durch die Welt der Chancen. Lesenswert für jene, die mehr über potentiell positive Auswirkungen der digitalen Welt lesen wollen; noch lesenswerter für jene Menschen, deren Pessismismus hier gerne in Frage gestellt werden darf. Eine Grundhaltung, welche - geschichtlich betrachtet - mehr als nur einmal der falsche Weg war. Ein Bonus, v.a bei der digitalen Version, die Querverweise - hier in Form von Verlinkungen - sind umfangreich, oft kommentiert, genial passend in die jeweiligen Kapitel eingebaut.

  4. 4 out of 5

    KK

    I have been reading many books lately on productivity, habit formation and happiness. It's a very interesting topic. I enjoyed this book somewhat, but it wasn't really one of my favorites. I did like some of the tips specifically about decreasing technology use, personally and with families- the end 1/3 of the book had some sections with some good advice regarding that. I am personally not really that interested in using apps and other technology to essentially manage my technology use, and I al I have been reading many books lately on productivity, habit formation and happiness. It's a very interesting topic. I enjoyed this book somewhat, but it wasn't really one of my favorites. I did like some of the tips specifically about decreasing technology use, personally and with families- the end 1/3 of the book had some sections with some good advice regarding that. I am personally not really that interested in using apps and other technology to essentially manage my technology use, and I also listened to the audiobook version of this. So, I sort of tuned out when she was giving all of the run downs of different available apps, etc. that are out there for different purposes. Those parts may have been more meaningful in the print version. I don't mean that it was a bad book or anything, and I'm glad I finished listening to it, but for me it just didn't contain enough of what I was really looking for.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ancy Walsh

    Are you addicted to your smart phone? Is your work life encroaching on your personal life because you are always plugged in? This book is an excellent and necessary read in this day and age. It provides insights and strategies on how to manage the technology in your life rather than letting it manage you.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Michael Neal

    It’s just a literature review of other, better and more deeply thought out self-help books. I felt like I learned about everything in this book already, and—while I did learn things—I learned about them already and more deeply other places. Not to mention I feel like I would learn about the topics and areas mentioned in this book on a deeper level by investing my time in other books and authors. It’s essentially a walking advertisement. Like a cheap Tim Ferris without the design and synthesis. A It’s just a literature review of other, better and more deeply thought out self-help books. I felt like I learned about everything in this book already, and—while I did learn things—I learned about them already and more deeply other places. Not to mention I feel like I would learn about the topics and areas mentioned in this book on a deeper level by investing my time in other books and authors. It’s essentially a walking advertisement. Like a cheap Tim Ferris without the design and synthesis. Also the author has an annoying habit of emphasizing her family relations to professionals she brings up as references. It also doesn’t work because I have never heard of this women and have no investment in getting to know her as a person like I would Breńe Brown because, again, I have no idea who this author is. I got this as an included title on Audible and I am guessing it’s because the book has so many advertisements in it Amazon has to market it as much as possible. I feel like I wasted my time getting through this book because it reminded me I could have been reading something deeper and more thoughtful by other authors/professional gurus.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Arianna Suduc

    cumva-cumva am uitat să o marchez pe 2 octombrie, când am terminat-o. e o carte absolut fenomenală pentru cei care de-abia încep să își cunoască comportamentul în online și vor să își formeze habituri sănătoase, care să-i facă poate mai fericiți. super prietenos scrisă, un început foarte bun pentru alte cărți mai dolofane despre social media și digital.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    I picked up this book hoping for more strategies on how to be more present and productive without the distraction of tech, but the book's focus is more on how to use tech to improve your life. The result of the book is the suggestion of many, many apps you can use, and none of which really appealed to me. There were some platitudes about how to balance better and lessen distractions, but nothing innovative from my perspective, and not as motivational as I would have liked in that regard. A fine I picked up this book hoping for more strategies on how to be more present and productive without the distraction of tech, but the book's focus is more on how to use tech to improve your life. The result of the book is the suggestion of many, many apps you can use, and none of which really appealed to me. There were some platitudes about how to balance better and lessen distractions, but nothing innovative from my perspective, and not as motivational as I would have liked in that regard. A fine book for what it is, just not what I was looking for.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Despite assurances that the author was going to focus on positive strategies, the first 1.5 hours of the audio book cited study after study of the negative effects of tech on people. Eventually became more balanced. Would not recommend as an audiobook as there were a lot of repetitive sections I would have skimmed with a physical book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    This was an easy book chocked full of relevant "happy hacks" and lots of hopeful and positive ideas about modern life. I wish Amy Blankson was in my circle of friends, I could use a lady like this in my life. (And she's a milspouse!) In this book she has blended social science, psychology, positivity, and modernity, and some personal stories. I marveled at her skill in choosing metaphors. But one metaphor disheartened me. Amy Blankson likens living happily with tech to walking a tightrope. How m This was an easy book chocked full of relevant "happy hacks" and lots of hopeful and positive ideas about modern life. I wish Amy Blankson was in my circle of friends, I could use a lady like this in my life. (And she's a milspouse!) In this book she has blended social science, psychology, positivity, and modernity, and some personal stories. I marveled at her skill in choosing metaphors. But one metaphor disheartened me. Amy Blankson likens living happily with tech to walking a tightrope. How many of us can do such a thing? Had it been a balance beam, I might feel more hopeful, but I really think she has hit the nail on the head: living happily with tech is a balancing act of self-control and self-awareness akin to walking a freakin' tightrope. But since tech is here to stay, we have no choice but to try to be mindful enough to walk the rope without falling off. Sigh. Guess I better re-read the positive thinking parts of the book..... That said, I do think that there are lots of concrete recommendations that must be implemented if we are to have a chance at happiness with tech. Taking tech vacations. Setting an away message talking about what you are doing offline and when you'll be back to tech. Using new technologies to your advantage. Being a minimalist about tech (ruthlessly purge alla KonMari). Monitoring when you're falling off the "happiness cliff". I will likely re-listen or read it again to capture more, maybe with pen and paper in hand. :) Maybe that will transform my thinking from negative Nancy to positive Polly. Note: I listened to the audiobook. Mostly in snippets instead of whole chapters at a time.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Chava

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is actually a quick read, but I had a lot of books in my TBR pile, so I was picking up intermittently. The main issue with this book is that the people who most need to read it, those who are addicted to technology or who have kids who are addicted to technology, will probably not pick up a book. It should be modified to be tweets or an app that those people will look at. This is another self-book with stories from the author about personal challenges, humorous anecdotes, etc. I got this boo This is actually a quick read, but I had a lot of books in my TBR pile, so I was picking up intermittently. The main issue with this book is that the people who most need to read it, those who are addicted to technology or who have kids who are addicted to technology, will probably not pick up a book. It should be modified to be tweets or an app that those people will look at. This is another self-book with stories from the author about personal challenges, humorous anecdotes, etc. I got this book because I was comparing it to a book with the same title, and at least this one is about the future of happiness and how to use technology productively. For myself, as a Sabbath observer, I get a 25 hour break every week, and I often extend it until Sunday morning. Because I did not grow up as a digital native, I am often hard-pressed to find the value in things like Twitter and Snapchat. There is also a lot of shameless self-promotion of both Amy and her brother Shawn and their company (and her sister-in law's project). I can say Blankson did a lot of research, which is all referenced, and that the time is ripe for people to stop playing Candy Crush and do something more productive and beneficial to the world with their devices.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Peebee

    This was a very helpful book for me at this point in time, as some changes in my job status have changed my dependence on technology, which is guiding me to think about what my ideal relationship would be. Also, burnout is a huge problem in the nonprofit world, as I've personally experienced and see on a number of nonprofit discussion groups, so being able to hack your life so that your use of technology makes you happier will make your world a better place. This book was written in a very direc This was a very helpful book for me at this point in time, as some changes in my job status have changed my dependence on technology, which is guiding me to think about what my ideal relationship would be. Also, burnout is a huge problem in the nonprofit world, as I've personally experienced and see on a number of nonprofit discussion groups, so being able to hack your life so that your use of technology makes you happier will make your world a better place. This book was written in a very direct and practical manner: there are five principles that anyone can immediately adapt to their lives, and the steps needed to follow them, plus a very handy summary and list of all the technology in the back. It's hard to imagine how it could be written more helpfully than: here's why there's a problem; here's what you need to do to fix it; and here are some tools for you to try to see what works best for you. I very much appreciated that. The downside is that because it's so tech-dependent, as a how-to manual it will quickly be outdated, but I hope it catches on enough that the author will have an incentive to keep updating and improving upon it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bibi

    "Tech is not a toxin that we need to flush out of our systems-it's a tool. And it's a tool that we must learn to wield effectively." I found this book extremely helpful with a ton of interesting information. It explored the physical and mental repercussions that can occur in this digital era. It's an addiction that transcends age, race, and status. I'm a firm believer in balance, and too much of anything can be harmful. I have now downloaded an app the author suggested called Moment that tells yo "Tech is not a toxin that we need to flush out of our systems-it's a tool. And it's a tool that we must learn to wield effectively." I found this book extremely helpful with a ton of interesting information. It explored the physical and mental repercussions that can occur in this digital era. It's an addiction that transcends age, race, and status. I'm a firm believer in balance, and too much of anything can be harmful. I have now downloaded an app the author suggested called Moment that tells you your screen time stats....the numbers were shocking even to me. Those minutes add up. It gave me a bit of a wake up call to be more mindful of screen time, posture, etc. a definite must read. ** I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.**

  14. 4 out of 5

    Wellington

    Amy Blankson cheerfully gives us lots of tips and tricks on how to incorporate technology in our lives. I kept thinking how bubbly she is like how my two year old dances in blown bubbles. Any book that would finally get me off my butt and throw out my electronic crap has to be meaningful. Most memorably, when she explained people's stress levels spiking when looking at the clutter in their lives. Like many American households, we're slowly drowning ourselves in clutter. Back in the day, people we Amy Blankson cheerfully gives us lots of tips and tricks on how to incorporate technology in our lives. I kept thinking how bubbly she is like how my two year old dances in blown bubbles. Any book that would finally get me off my butt and throw out my electronic crap has to be meaningful. Most memorably, when she explained people's stress levels spiking when looking at the clutter in their lives. Like many American households, we're slowly drowning ourselves in clutter. Back in the day, people were worried about being possessed by the devil, we should be worried about being possessed by possessions. I plan to go back through the book and check out some of websites / apps.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Mari-Mohl

    Mie mi-a plăcut teribil. Un must de citit și de luat în seamă, celor care înțeleg că tehnologia e parte din viețile noastre prezente, punct. Un ghid de bune practici pentru dependenții de stat aiurea și făcut scroll pe FB. Tone de lucruri utile mi-am luat din cartea asta și un lucru e cert, e genul de carte pe care o vreau în biblioteca personală pentru că voi mai simți categoric nevoia de a mă întoarce la ea, de a-mi face refresh pe multitudinea de informații prezentate în conținutul său. :) N- Mie mi-a plăcut teribil. Un must de citit și de luat în seamă, celor care înțeleg că tehnologia e parte din viețile noastre prezente, punct. Un ghid de bune practici pentru dependenții de stat aiurea și făcut scroll pe FB. Tone de lucruri utile mi-am luat din cartea asta și un lucru e cert, e genul de carte pe care o vreau în biblioteca personală pentru că voi mai simți categoric nevoia de a mă întoarce la ea, de a-mi face refresh pe multitudinea de informații prezentate în conținutul său. :) N-am nicio obiecție să îi aduc, zău. Nu doar că mi-a plăcut dar chiar mi-a prins bine, m-a ajutat să îmi pot rezolva o serie de "neplăceri" legate de dependența de online.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Chris Wejr

    3.5 stars. A decent book that provides helpful tips on living in a world that includes technology. I was hoping for more references to research from positive psychology but many readers will likely appreciate her actionable ideas to live a happier life with technology. I appreciate Blankson's message about being purposeful with tech and making sure it's use aligns with our values 3.5 stars. A decent book that provides helpful tips on living in a world that includes technology. I was hoping for more references to research from positive psychology but many readers will likely appreciate her actionable ideas to live a happier life with technology. I appreciate Blankson's message about being purposeful with tech and making sure it's use aligns with our values

  17. 5 out of 5

    Latasha

    This was a great review of the current risks and benefits of technology, as well as a more "philosophical" evaluation of the human condition when it comes to using tech. I really enjoyed this and felt that it was motivating in that it made me really develop stronger questions about what I want from my tech. I will continue to use the tools in this book as I adopt new tech. This was a great review of the current risks and benefits of technology, as well as a more "philosophical" evaluation of the human condition when it comes to using tech. I really enjoyed this and felt that it was motivating in that it made me really develop stronger questions about what I want from my tech. I will continue to use the tools in this book as I adopt new tech.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Deepa Krishnan

    Liked this book. Good one time read had some good points. One thing that sticks to me - None of the technological inventions or interventions would be beneficial if we don't make time for that technology in our lives. That's so true. Liked this book. Good one time read had some good points. One thing that sticks to me - None of the technological inventions or interventions would be beneficial if we don't make time for that technology in our lives. That's so true.

  19. 4 out of 5

    DJohnson

    My library didn't have the print copy for this book, so I borrowed the audiobook version. The author, who narrates it herself, has quite a juvenile voice, which took some getting used to. The ideas she presents aren't revolutionary or anything, but they're interesting enough. My library didn't have the print copy for this book, so I borrowed the audiobook version. The author, who narrates it herself, has quite a juvenile voice, which took some getting used to. The ideas she presents aren't revolutionary or anything, but they're interesting enough.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Aimee Jean

    Well researched with a lot of wearable and app suggestions. The general idea of the book isn’t something I didn’t already know. I like some of the tips on rearranging offices for higher productivity because it is practical.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    Borrowed audiobook from library - Interesting and informative, if a little out dated (which is to be expected with a book about technology). I took away some key strategies to implement, like setting boundaries with tech, and turning off non-essential notifications.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    An interesting read that takes on the issue of tech dependency and the constant distraction of always having a cellphone at hand. I liked that the author balanced the negative effects with the ways in which we can use tech to improve our lives.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Janene

    This is free on audible. I wanted it to be more about the science of happiness, and it was more of a self help book. But like a self help book for the most first world of first world problems. It’s fine. There’s some solid tips I suppose. But meh.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    This was a great book with useable suggestions and a logical flow. I would recommend this to anyone who feels like tech may have more control over them than they have over it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    It gave a lot of practical apps to use to help us use technology well in an advancing world to our benefit, not our detriment.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    The beginning of this book was interesting, but the rest of it was pretty average. Lots of app suggestions for getting organized.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Good book, and well-written, but I just didn't find much new in it. Good book, and well-written, but I just didn't find much new in it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sergio Sierra

    I learned that you can donate your spare change through apps and that's great. I learned that you can donate your spare change through apps and that's great.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    Really interesting book. Author is very realistic about technology and honest about the bad and good influences technology plays in our life.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    I was excited for the data and research part. And then I was really bored during all the "here's what you should do" parts. Excessively pop psychology. I was excited for the data and research part. And then I was really bored during all the "here's what you should do" parts. Excessively pop psychology.

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